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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Westfield Hawthorn- ( Vernon Hills, IL)

With a 45 minute drive from downtown, Westfield Hawthorn is located in the northern most suburbs of Chicago in Vernon Hills, IL. The shopping malls current anchors are:
Former Lord & Taylor Department Store

Former Marshall Field's Department Store

Construction for the Hawthorn Center began in May 1972 and opened September 10, 1973 as the first mall in the upper north suburbs of Chicago. Original Anchor stores included Sears Lord & Taylor, and Marshall Field's as well as 15 other specialty shops. Shoppers were introduced to the look of brick-paved halls and old fashioned street light themed interior.

In 1983, the food court was added and has since been renovated several times to improve the feel and look of the mall.

In 1990, Lord & Taylor sold its store to Carson Pirie Scott.

More stores began to come into the mall reaching a limit of 140 and JCPenney was constructed on the north end of the mall in 1997 to replace the shuttered location at the failing Lakehurst Mall in Waukegan.

The Westfield Group acquired the mall in 2002, renaming it "Westfield shoppingtown Hawthorn", then dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.

Macy's took over the Marshall Field's store in September 2006.

Here are some pictures of the mall in 2012:

Here is also what the mall looked like in April 2013 prior to construction of the new AMC theater, Dave & Buster's, and renovations to the entrances:

Classic 70's Federated Department Store architecture 

Here is the completed Dave & Buster's Entertainment Center and re-designed entrances sporting bright, new Westfield signage, while the new 16-screen AMC theater is expected to be done in fall 2014 or spring 2015 and an updated food court:

The new Dave & Buster's opened March 26, 2014

AMC is building a new 2 story, 16-screen theater that should open in the fall or spring 2015

wing to the future theater

The food court in it's current state since the picture was taken, it too will be revamped to match the rest of the fresh look of the mall.


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